Sightseeing: In Fairbanks, Anchorage, and Seward; Sternwheeler Riverboat Discovery III, Anchorage Museum, and Alaska Sealife Center. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Scenic Highlights:Alyeska Pipeline, Nenana and Tanana Rivers, Denali National Park & Preserve, Susitna River, National Scenic Byway, Seward, and a recreated Athabascan Indian village.
Services of a professional Tour Director; crew member service while cruising the Inside Passage on Holland America’s MS Noordam or MS Zaandam.
NOTES:While wildlife in Alaska is frequently seen, early season (May & early June) and late-season (September) departures offer even greater opportunities for viewing a variety of wildlife. Departures after mid-August should enjoy blazing fall colors.Visiting and participating in activities in these locations is subject to favorable weather conditions.Cruise itineraries are provided by Holland America Line and are up to date at time of printing. Your travel documents will contain the most current information.
Welcome to Fairbanks, the state’s second-largest city. Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
Morning sightseeing features the highlights of this historic Alaskan city and includes a visit to the Alyeska Pipeline and the chance to learn about the Gold Rush heritage of this community. Board the STERNWHEELER RIVERBOAT Discovery III for a leisurely cruise on the Nenana and Tanana Rivers, and visit a recreated ATHABASCAN INDIAN VILLAGE. Listen as the ship’s guides discuss the wildlife, history, geology, and customs of the region.
Day 3Fairbanks–Denali National Park
Today we make our way from Fairbanks to DENALI NATIONAL PARK & PRESERVE. Stop in the town of Nenana, where they drove the golden spike in 1923 to signal the completion of the Alaska Railroad. Your afternoon and evening are free for exploring on your own. Take advantage of the park service programs, along with optional activities that can be purchased.
Day 4Denali National Park
A free day for independent activities. A hike along the many wilderness trails might be fun. Also take advantage of several optional outings, including a wildlife tour to seek out grizzly bears, caribou, moose, and Dall sheep; a raft trip down the Nenana River; or a helicopter ride over the park. Your Tour Director will have plenty of suggestions.
Day 5Denali National Park–Anchorage
Board the world-famous ALASKA RAILROAD for a memorable journey as you wind along the Susitna River to Anchorage. Sit back in comfort and enjoy spectacular scenery through wide windows. Be sure to take advantage of the domed-roof car and, if the weather cooperates, you will have the opportunity to view Mount McKinley from the train.
Today begins with city sightseeing of Anchorage. Visit the ANCHORAGE MUSEUM, where you will see a quality display of artifacts from Alaska’s native people. Enjoy a free afternoon in Anchorage to explore.
Day 7Anchorage. Seward Excursion
Travel this morning to Seward, “Gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park,” on the Seward Highway, a designated National Scenic Byway. Included is a visit to the ALASKA SEALIFE CENTER, a research facility that offers an up-close experience with marine wildlife from the Gulf of Alaska. Witness a stellar sea lion gliding past underwater viewing windows, puffins diving in a carefully crafted naturalistic habitat, and harbor seals resting on rocky beaches. After your Seward sightseeing, transfer to your ship. (D)
Day 8Cruising: Gulf of Alaska
A relaxing day at sea provides time to explore the ship’s many amenities. Animal and marine life are abundant in this area and, with a little luck, you may spot a pod of mighty yet graceful killer whales. (B,L,D)
Day 9Scenic Cruising: Glacier Bay
This incredible Biosphere Reserve protects a unique ecosystem, hosting an amazing spectacle as tremendous slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea. (B,L,D)
Nestled along a scenic fjord, Haines features the impressive Sheldon Museum, as well as galleries, shops, and Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, where the world’s largest gathering of bald eagles occurs each year. (B,L,D)
Accessible only by air and water, history, Native culture, wildlife, and nature come to life here. Shop for gold nuggets, saunter through the swinging doors at the Red Dog Saloon, or visit mighty Mendenhall Glacier. (B,L,D)
Hugging the shores of the Tongass Narrows, this self-proclaimed “Salmon Capital of the World” boasts the largest totem collection on the planet and a former red-light district-turned art district on historic Creek Street. (B,L,D)
Day 13Scenic Cruising: Inside Passage
One of the most picturesque sea lanes in the world, the natural beauty here is unbelievable, featuring thick emerald-green forests and expansive turquoise glaciers. (B,L,D)
Day 14Vancouver (Disembarkation)
Airport transfers are provided. Please schedule flights after Noon. (B)
Transportation:Journey on the Alaska Railroad from Denali National Park to Anchorage; Holland America’s MS Noordam or MS Zaandam; private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
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